WARNING!!! Don’t get too close!! It might just be catching!! – after all you hear of “internet viruses” all the time don’t you?
Mummy with a Tummy Bug Alert!! So if I have to go running off in the middle of this – promise I won’t be too long.
So today? Well today (by necessity) has been a camp yourself out on the sofa and don’t wander too far kind of day. Thankfully the boys are at Mums as they off to the fireworks display ……………. so no kids have been trampled underfoot on my way to the bathroom today.
But being sick …………… IT’S BORING!!!!!!!! Time to pull out something easy to craft to keep my mind off the churning of my tummy and the spinning of my head. Perfect distraction technique.
Like most crafter’s I have a STABLE – Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy. I’d love to shop for new yarn and fabric – but this is shaping up to be a “Make Do and Mend” Christmas ………….. so time to make another little parcel for one of my Mummy Friends who has requested a “tiny scarf just to keep my neck warm under my new winter coat”
She is not a “girlie, frilly” kind of girl – and prefers “plains” to “patterns” …………… so was struggling to come up with the perfect stash-busting idea ………….. when I thought of this:
Which will go perfectly with her charcoal grey winter coat with the pewter buttons. Its nice to make something for someone as a present when its been “requested” because you know that you are investing your time in something that will actually be used.
Not that this takes very long to run up – it was done in about two episodes of “Rebus” (nothing like a good murder to distract you from feeling poorly) …………. so about three hours from idea to completion.
From here on in – you knit all the right side rows and on the wrong side rows you K5 P15 K5.
Keep going until the scarf measures 70 cm.
To create the keyhole you knit 8 then cast off 9 and knit the remaining 8 stitches.
Purl the 8 stitches then cast on nine stitches before purling the last 8 stitches – leaving you with a buttonhole slash to use as a keyhole ………… scuse me!!! Oops!!
Continue in the stocking stitch pattern for another 8 cm.
Then complete 10 rows in garter stitch before casting off. Easy peasy!!!
A light steam with the iron and leave it to cool in place …………….
And another “Free to Me” Christmas gift is in the bag!!!!
I am sure I have a random ball of cerise silky yarn in my stash – I think another one of these might be on the card this evening to help me tick another gift off my Christmas list.
So tell me – what are you ladies crafting for Frugal Christmas pressies this year???